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Elm seed bug

6365  Found inside our white curtains inside the home in both our living room and our bedroom- vacuumed and washed curtains but still finding more of these bugs- they can fly but are slow moving otherwise. we have cats. What can we do? What are they? We have never seen them before. From: Vancouver, British Columbia V5t2l1 Canada

Number 6365 This is an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), an introduced species that has become a nuisance pest in some areas of western North America. These pose no threat to your cats. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of an elm seed bug

6228 We have had these bugs last 2 Springs. There are hundreds of these on my property. They are on side of house, around doors. They are in trees (Siberian elms…I think) eating the leaves and are in ground rock cover. The smaller the bug the redder it looks from a distance. They are quite small. The biggest I have seen is about 4 mm but they seem to vary in size. Please help identify so I can get rid of them. From Oliver BC

Number 6228 – These appear to be nymphs of the elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). These do not eat leaves, but suck the juices from elm seeds; they appear to do little real harm, but can become serious nuisance pests. Click here for more detailed information.